Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935).
"During the early 1900s paintings by Jessie Willcox Smith illustrated handsome editions of children’s classics, including “Little Women,” “The Water Babies,” ”At the Back of the North Wind,” “The Princess and the Goblin,” “Heidi,” “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” and “The Night before Christmas.” Smith was a pupil of Howard Pyle, and, like many artists in the late 1880s, began her career illustrating stories in magazines. This led to her doing cover illustrations for “Good Housekeeping,” and until Norman Rockwell came along in more recent times with his paintings for “the Saturday Evening Post,” she was the only artist whose work was used consistently on the cover of a national magazine –over 180 paintings in fifteen consecutive years. Her subjects were children, playing, dreaming, doing –often in family and school scenes– and were presented for the most part without sentimentality." -Lee Kingman, “Children’s Books and Their Creators”